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How Much Money Do NFL Referees Earn?

How Much Money Do NFL Referees Earn?
Hate it or love it, referees are a pivotal part of football and have more impact on the game than almost anyone outside the players and coaches. NFL referees make a pretty penny but when considering how rich the NFL is and how much other referees make are they overpaid?

National Football League referee salaries range largely based on experience. For rookie referee entering the NFL, their salary starts around $78,000 per year. As referees gain experience, their salaries increase. Once they reach veteran level status they are paid in excess of $200,000 per year.

These numbers are expected to rise by 2019. These veterans get paid roughly $3,000 per game, with the remaining $150,000 paid out throughout the rest of the year. If a referee crew is selected for playoff games and/or the Super Bowl, they will receive a larger payout. Referees are paid more for these games and can make more than $10,000 for the Super Bowl. NFL referees are considered part-time or seasonal employees. They are able to work others job during the offseason, only needing to put time in here and there to remain up-to-date on rule changes. 

Are NFL Refs Overpaid?

Depending on a person’s viewpoint, an NFL referee may be viewed as wildly overcompensated or paid within reason when looking at the league’s revenue and salaries for players and coaches. Compared to the other major leagues in North American – NFL referees are the lowest paid, but also work the least. The table below shows the salaries of each of the major North American sports league salaries and their average salary for games worked. 

Referee Salaris

In the other major leagues, referees can make more than double that of an NFL ref, but in terms of average salary per game – no league comes close to the NFL

Full-Time Referees

The popular opinion amongst many in the sports community is the NFL adopting full-time referees would be a beneficial move. The offseason would be a time to focus on fixing mistakes, reviewing missed calls and overall improving their in-game skills. If adopted, their salaries would increase by 50% or more – as stated in their contracts they may earn up to 50% of their refereeing salary for off-season employment. This would place the top NFL referees at about $300,000 per season with a 50% rise and as the NFL has deep pockets and a top-dog mentality it would not be absurd to see their salaries match that of their NBA counterparts. 

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Away Score Home Money Line
Thursday 07 September
Kansas City Chiefs 20:30 Patriots +330 -385 Odds
Sunday 10 September
Philadelphia Eagles 13:00 Washington Redskins +115 -123 Odds
New York Jets 13:00 Buffalo Bills +270 -294 Odds
Arizona Cardinals 13:00 Detroit Lions -104 -114 Odds
Jaguars 13:00 Houston Texans +165 -169 Odds
Buccaneers 13:00 Miami Dolphins +103 +125 Odds
Oakland Raiders 13:00 Tennessee Titans -116 -101 Odds
Pittsburgh Steelers 13:00 Cleveland Browns -500 +465 Odds
Baltimore Ravens 13:00 Cincinnati Bengals +141 -167 Odds
Atlanta Falcons 13:00 Chicago Bears -286 +231 Odds
Indianapolis Colts 16:05 Los Angeles Rams -154 +135 Odds
Seattle Seahawks 16:25 Green Bay Packers Odds
Carolina Panthers 16:25 San Francisco 49ers -244 +204 Odds
New York Giants 20:30 Dallas Cowboys Odds

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